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Mower Blades

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by taterlawn, May 12, 2010.

  1. taterlawn

    taterlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    What are the best after-market blades to buy? I thought Gator blades but I have heard a lot of bad things.
  2. GardnerLandscaping

    GardnerLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 310

    the gator blades do well in bermuda. the bi-level do better with weeds. the gator does a slightly better job at lifting and mulching. toro blades do better with dirt. lawn boy blades look durable and good but never used. honda blades are the perfect blade.

    gator blades aren't as durable as advertised (unless you use in a healthy bermuda lawn without sticks, rocks, or roots in it), but the biggest problem with gator blades is that people don't realize you have to use the spacer washer they supply since they are flat.
    Last edited: May 14, 2010
  3. Robert Pruitt

    Robert Pruitt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    FACT, the Toro blades are the hardest blade on the market. i work in a machine shop at nite. they Rockwell at 50C. use them on all mowers, have to open up the hole on the Z from .625 to .75. don't care for the Gators. use only use the extra high lift for striping.
  4. airmedic8

    airmedic8 LawnSite Member
    from MO
    Messages: 12

    In my experience I use gator blades everyday for about 20 cuts a week. I have no complaints about them. I have hit some nasty objects with them including an old fence post and they did not bend!
  5. obxseaside

    obxseaside LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Anyone ever buy oregon replacement blades and the hole was not the right size?
  6. Larry Overcash

    Larry Overcash LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    I use Gator blades also, and have never had a problem. I would like to try other blades, but i don't have a clue what to buy. The Gator's do good for me though.
  7. a clear difference lawn

    a clear difference lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 421

  8. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 37,804

    I run the highest lifts possible for my mower to assist with striping, but come fall, I'd like to get lower lift blades so I don't have to deal with dang deck blowout. I'm interested in seeing different opinions on this thread.
  9. macaw

    macaw LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 415

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